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HopeLine from Verizon donation helps DOVES aid survivors of domestic violence

POLSON — DOVES, a non-profit agency serving families in Lake County and on the Flathead Reservation whose lives have been touched by the national epidemic of domestic violence, recently received a HopeLine from Verizon grant of $5,000 to expand its work. Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in the Mission Valley and nationwide.

DOVES’ mission is to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence in Lake County and on the Flathead Indian Reservation through community outreach, prevention education and information, and advocacy for victims of violent crime.

“This generous donation from Verizon Wireless will help us reach out to those who need our services in the community,” said Lisa Skalsky, President of the DOVES Board of Directors. “It will be used to provide vital services, including lunch for the monthly Resource Roundtables and supper for moms and kids at our weekly support groups, as well as to continue our prevention and education efforts throughout the community.”

The HopeLine program collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless carrier. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

“Through the HopeLine program, we are able to invest in programs that enhance prevention through education and that provide relief and services for survivors,” said Chris Lewter, regional president of Verizon Wireless. “This way we can help raise awareness about domestic violence and support the organizations which serve the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”

HopeLine phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications stores across the nation. For more information about HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

For more information, call 883-3350 or visit www.doveslakecounty.org.

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